Houston Zantac Cancer Lawyer

For decades, millions of people relied on Zantac and its generic counterpart, ranitidine. In addition to being sold as an over the counter alternative to prescription drugs for acid-reflux, ranitidine was used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, mastocytosis, esophagitis, and various other chronic diseases. However, the ongoing Zantac cancer lawsuits reveal the risks that the drug poses.

At the start of April 2020, the FDA revealed that Zantac was both defective and dangerous for human use, issuing the immediate market recall of all ranitidine drugs. In 2019, routine lab testing showed that Zantac products contained traces of a probable human carcinogen, N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).

While low levels of NDMA exposure increase human risk for cancer, there is now evidence that the NDMA in Zantac can also rise overtime, potentially exceeding the acceptable daily intake limit under normal storage conditions and when broken down in the human body. This defect was originally only linked to batches of ranitidine that were manufactured for use between September 2019 and June 2021. However, the FDA has advised all consumers of ranitidine products to discontinue current use and dispose of remaining ranitidine products.

What Are the Side Effects of Zantac?

Zantac is well tolerated by the majority of people, and its common adverse effects, such as headaches, diarrhea, and nausea, are moderate and only last a few days. Rarely, severe complications such as liver failure, acute porphyria, and pneumonia have been observed. However, the US Food and Drug Administration asked that all ranitidine products be taken off the market in April 2020 due to concerns about contamination with NDMA, a cancer-causing substance. Below, we list both the listed side effects of Zantac, plus the side effects associated with NDMA contamination.

Listed Side Effects:

  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Clay-colored stools
  • Coughing up mucus
  • Dark urine
  • Easier bleeding and bruising
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Serious blistering, peeling, and red skin rashes with headaches
  • Vision problems
  • Weakness
  • Yellowing of the eyes or skin 

NDMA-Related Side Effects:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Enlarged liver
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Jaundice
  • Nausea
  • Reduced function of kidneys, liver, and lungs
  • Vomiting 
  • Bladder cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Breast cancer

Who Actually Qualifies for the Zantac Cancer Lawsuit?

To be eligible for a Zantac cancer lawsuit or settlement, you must first show that you used the drug. That implies you’ll have to prove you took Zantac (or another form of ranitidine). You may simply establish that you took prescription ranitidine by requesting a copy of your pharmacy records. Proving that you took over-the-counter Zantac or another ranitidine product for an extended period of time is a little more difficult, but it can be done with receipts, notes in medical records, or even simple corroborating evidence or statements that support the fact that you took Zantac (ranitidine) on a regular basis.

Second, you must demonstrate an injury. That implies you’ll have to prove you’ve been diagnosed with one or more of the main malignancies mentioned below. This can be simply demonstrated by requesting a copy of your medical records.

  • Stomach cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Small intestine cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Esophageal cancer

Third, and this is where things get a little tricky, you must have proof that your Zantac (ranitidine) use and cancer diagnosis are linked. The vast majority of the specialists we speak with insist on at least a year of significant exposure (you used Zantac on a regular basis for a year) and at least a year of latency (about a year passed between the time you first took Zantac and the time you developed one of the listed primary cancers).

Is There Time Limit to File a Zantac Lawsuit?

The statute of limitations for suing the medication makers for Zantac varies depending on where you live. Cancer victims in most jurisdictions have one or two years following their diagnosis to file a lawsuit. The clock started ticking for patients diagnosed before the Zantac recall in 2019. Victims of Zantac should seek legal advice as soon as possible. In Texas, the statute of limitations is 2 years after the day that the injury occurred.

What is the Average Payout for Zantac Lawsuit?

For plaintiffs’ attorneys, the usual legal fee is 40% plus costs. (In mass tort lawsuits involving thousands of claimants, like as Zantac, “expenses” are usually modest.) So, if a plaintiff receives a $100,000 compensation, he or she may anticipate to earn around $60,000. (60 percent of the total). The details of the legal fee are spelled out in an attorney’s retainer agreement. 

The Zantac lawsuits will most likely be addressed through a worldwide settlement. The settlement levels for the Zantac case will very probably be dependent on the severity of the plaintiff’s injuries and the strength of the claim. Top-tier cases might be valued more than $500,000. Second-tier lawsuits may cost up to $250,000. The cases in the lowest category will most likely be valued $100,000 or less.

In a Zantac case, your reimbursement will be based on your damages, or how much bodily harm and financial loss you incurred as a result of the medicine. Many medical malpractice claims are worth hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars, but you should speak with an attorney about the value of your Zantac cancer case to receive a personalized response.

Has Anyone Received a Settlement From Zantac?

Victims are eager to learn when the Zantac lawsuits will be resolved. A global settlement in the Zantac case is unlikely to materialize anytime soon. It takes a long time to resolve large mass tort lawsuits involving thousands of claimants. The case is currently in the consolidated discovery phase, with hundreds of additional plaintiffs joining every week. The good news is that Zantac is no longer available. This makes a quicker settlement possible.

What is the secret of Zantac’s widespread settlement? Bringing these NDMA cancer cases to a court of law. Plaintiffs’ attorneys have now taken a significant step in that direction by submitting a petition to remand several Zantac claims to state court. The sooner we get trial dates, the more likely we are to reach a global Zantac settlement.

What is the Latest on the Zantac Lawsuit?

The settlement of the Zantac cases is contingent on a number of conditions. The most pressing question is which cancers are connected to NDMA. Although research is rapidly advancing, not every disease will be firmly connected to NDMA, and some Zantac claims may be rejected as a result. Our investigators have predicted that the first MDL class action proceedings for the Zantac claims will take place in late 2021 or early 2022. The jury decisions in a handful of these cases will help determine the settlement payment amounts for both parties when they go to trial.

This should lead to a final class action settlement in the end. The length of time it takes to resolve the Zantac antacid cases is determined by how quickly we can schedule trial dates to put pressure on the defendants. Keep in mind that the first trial might start as late as the middle of 2022.

Is Zantac Safe Now in 2021?

Zantac has resurfaced in pharmacies as an over-the-counter medication. However, if you read the package carefully, you’ll see that the new Zantac 360 is not identical to the original. So, what’s the difference between the two?

Famotidine is the active component in Zantac 360, an oral tablet. It is accessible without a prescription and comes in two distinct dosages (10 mg and 20 mg). Adults and children over the age of 12 are the only ones who should take the over-the-counter pills.

Fortunately, Zantac 360 does not involve this risk of cancer. The FDA recommended that other H2 blockers be tested for NDMA after ranitidine was found to contain the carcinogen. They discovered that famotidine had no NDMA at all. There is no present worry about a possible relationship to cancer because it is devoid of this compound.

Zantac 360 is well tolerated, with the majority of patients experiencing no adverse effects after taking a dosage. In famotidine clinical trials, less than 1% of individuals complained headache, dizziness, or constipation. If you have any odd side effects after beginning this medicine, talk to your doctor about other options.

Had Issues With Zantac? We Can Help File A Claim

If you have experienced any changes in health after taking Zantac products, contact your physician and call the defective drug attorneys Reich & Binstock. We can help you file a claim and provide information about your right to recover damages for pain and suffering. Please call us in Houston at 713-622-7271 or fill out our contact form below for a free consultation.

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